Hornbill Unleashed

June 25, 2014

Bekir in tears while testifying on divorce

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Ahmad Fadli KC

Former Sarawak chief minister’s son Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib testified in the Syariah High Court in Kuala Lumpur today that he only filed for divorce against his former wife Shahnaz A Majid after 12 years because he did not want to see her living alone.

“I did not want to see her living alone and not have any husband when I did not return home (to Damansara),” he said in testifying over his former wife’s RM100 million mutaah (gift) claim from him.

Abu Bekir halted his testimony after saying this, as he found it hard to control his tears.

On June 3, he testified that he married Shahnaz on Jan 9, 1992, and they divorced on May 11, 2011.

They have lived apart since 1999 as she was allegedly highly jealous and had even tried to scratch him.

Despite this, Mahmud said, he bought her a bungalow to live in, gave her three cars and supported her financially while they were living apart.

Mahmud also told the court that he bought his son, Raden Murya, a Ferrari car, when he was eight years old.

“Since he was small, he was interested in the Ferrari so I bought it for him.”

During examination in chief by his counsel Zainur Rijal Abu Bakar, he said that he initially bought the car under his name and later transferred ownership to his son when he turned 18.

During the examination-in-chief by his counsel Zainur Rijal Abu Bakar, Mahmud said that he initially bought the car under his name and  transferred ownership to his son when he turned 18.

Judge says no to incriminating answers

The hearing today also saw Syariah High Court judge Mohd Abdul Karim Wahab not allowing any questions or answers that may cause Shahnaz to be disgraced.

Zainul Rijal  had asked Mahmud to explain why he rejected the RM100 million mutaah claim by Shahnaz, to which the son of the former Sarawak chief minister began questioning her virginity.

This resulted in Shahnaz’s lawyers Rafie Mohd Shafie and Akbardin Abdul Kader saying there was no question asked on the issue and there was no medical record to show this.

“This question is not proper and frivolous and meant to disgraced her,” Rafie said.

Akbardin then called on the media present not to report on this matter.

“It is easy for the defendants to say this as the plaintiff (Shahnaz) has finished her testimony. They are trying to disgrace her. They have never cross-examined her on this evidence. They can claim everything but the answer should come from her,” Akbardin submitted.

Following this Justice Mohd Abdul Karim accepted the objection, but said he was not in the position to stop the media from reporting it as this was not within his power.

“The court accepts the objection as this is not a venue where a party can disgrace the other. This is an open court and I cannot stop the media from reporting. Even they wrongly reported my name,” the judge said.

Three cars for the wife

Mahmud had testified during the last hearing that he gave three cars to his former wife – a Mercedes S Class costing RM800,000, a BMW X5 (RM600,000), and a four-wheel-drive Jeep Cherokee (RM500,000).

He also bought Shahnaz the Damansara bungalow for RM2 million, for which he he took an RM1.5 million loan.

Last January, Shahnaz admitted to receiving financial support of RM7,000 a month from 2001 to 2006 and this was increased to RM10,000 a month in 2007, and from 2008 to August 2011, it was RM12,000 a month.

However, the payment stopped soon after their divorce in May 2011.

The hearing continues on Sept 2.

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1 Comment »

  1. Malu lah nangis macam budak budak minta kesian!

    Comment by Brian — June 27, 2014 @ 4:17 PM | Reply


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